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Hungary’s populist government is stopping universities from offering courses in gender studies, saying there is no need for graduates in the labor market and they take taxpayer money away from other programs.
The move, announced this week, comes after Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government won a comfortably majority in elections in April after an election focused primarily on immigration. Since then his Fidesz Party has been implementing key parts of its election manifesto.
The article goes on to state the following:
In a statement, Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that there is “no demonstrable demand for graduates of ‘social gender studies’ in the Hungarian labor market.
“There is no economic rationale for studies such as these, and so we have reason to presume that it was not created in response to labor market needs, and equally not to furnish students with skills that can be readily and directly converted on the labor market,” he said. It is also questionable to what extent studies with admittedly such low student numbers are economical and sustainable.”
Hungary’s HVG said that it would only affect two of the country’s universities, but also that such courses had been in the government’s crosshairs for a while.
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— Hungary Journal (@hungary_journal) August 10, 2018
Outrage has erupted on social media by those opposed to the decision.
Orbán government abolishes and forbids gender studies in Hungary, even in private Universities, but does not order to burn books in the streets yet. https://t.co/FNCAGKoOqH
— Alfons López Tena #FBPE (@alfonslopeztena) August 10, 2018
Absolutely appalled to hear Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, has BANNED GENDER STUDIES in all Hungarian universities by government decree. We must unite across Europe to defeat this growing tide of right-wing authoritarianism.
— Martin Heneghan (@MartinHeneghan) August 10, 2018
The Hungarian government, under (real) anti-Semite Victor Orban, has banned universities from teaching Gender Studies. It's almost as if they have something to hide… Or just want women back in the kitchen.
— Truculent Sheep (@TruculentSheep) August 11, 2018
Says a lot about the Orban regime. But this is important beyond Hungary. There is an international campaign now to trash gender and sexuality research and roll back gender equality measures. https://t.co/HZsKyKnU80
— Raewyn Connell (@raewynconnell) August 11, 2018